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25 Awesome Beer Gifts – 2013 Edition

The holiday season is here and that means we have to buy gifts for those loved ones who are hard to impress or refuse to tell us what in the heck they want.  Everyone loves to open a gift and receive something totally kick ass.  The hardest part is coming up with an unexpected item that will blow their mind!

Ask yourself the question, “Does this person like beer?”.  If you answered yes, here are 25 amazing beer related gifts that are sure to bring a smile!

 

1. Brewer’s Best Beast Equipment Kit w/ Better Bottle
Homebrew kit

BREWER’S BEAST EQUIPMENT KIT WITH BETTER BOTTLE The most complete equipment kit in the homebrew industry is now available from Brewer’s Best®. The Brewer’s BeAst includes everything your customers need to make the finest batch of beer (by using a Brewer’s Best® ingredient kit, of course) in one box. Equipment kit includes: 6.5 gallon “Ale Pail” Primary Fermenter with Grommeted Lid 6.5 gallon “Ale Pail” Bottling Bucket with Spigot Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser Auto-Siphon 5 Gallon Better Bottle® Carboy Plastic Paddle Carboy Brush Hydrometer Liquid Crystal Thermometer Bottle Brush Black Beauty Capper Econolock Drilled Bung Lab Thermometer Bottle Filler Siphon Hose with Shut-off Clamp IO-Star 20 qt. Brew Pot Equipment Instructions.


2. The Clink N Drink Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher with Logo
Click n Drink

The Clink N Drink bottle opener and cap catcher combo! Now with NEW, IMPROVED OPENER! The Clink N Drink has 4 rubber coated magnets that catch all your caps and hold it to any metallic* surface without scratching. You can put them anywhere you to love to drink. The Clink N Drink also comes with holes in the top and bottom for mounting against a non-magnetic surface. Easily mount the Clink n Drink to any solid surface including walls, cabinets, bars, decks, boats, RV’s and even trees. It measures 5″ x 10″ and weighs 1.85lbs. The Clink N Drink comes with a quality stainless steel opener but you can always switch it out with any standard wall mounted opener. (*Aluminum is not magnetic. Stainless steel varies depending on the nickel content within the alloy.)


3. Beer Soap
Beer Soap

Two things we know to be true: Being dirty is bad, and beer is good. Therefore, soap made from beer must be goodness squared, right? Yes!

Our line of hand made cold processed beer soaps are made using real beer. Don’t worry, they don’t smell like a day-old frat party. In fact, they’re all pretty light and refreshing. And they’re natural, too, so they don’t contain any artificial hardeners, synthetic surfactants or foam inducers like commercial and industrial soaps.

The traditional cold process of soap making retains 100% of the soap’s moisturizing glycerin. So, not only will these glorious soaps keep you clean, they’ll keep your skin from drying out. And they’re made from beer!

Choose from Corona, Guinness, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sam Adams, Stella Artois, and Red Stripe.


4. BeerSmarts: The Question and Answer Cards that makes learning about Beer easy and fun
Beersmarts

Do you know a porter from a stout? Or a lager from an ale? Pop open BeerSmarts and find out everything about your favorite beverage. These colorful question and answer cards quench your thirst for information about the culture, history, brewing, and favorite ways to drink beer. Now grab your friends and pick a card and find out: What makes a beer skunky? Waht’s a lambic beer? Where is the oldest brewery in America?


5. Big Mouth Toys The Beast Giant Fist Shaped Drink Kooler
Foam Hand Beer Coozie

Gigantic hulk like fist will keep your drink cold. Made from flesh colored foam, this enormous drink kooler is a lot of fun.


6. Big Mouth Toys Beer Belt / 6 Pack Holster(Black)
beer belt

You’ll be the hit of the tailgater party or fishing trip with this belt! Or give it as a gift to your husband so he can wear it while he is doing yard work. Wraps around the waist, secures with an adjustable size straps, and conveniently holds 6 cans of beer or any other beverage can.


7. German Drinking Beer Horn Medieval 17oz
German Drinking Horn

Traditionally the horn from a buffalo or an ox was used as a drinking vessel by many people of many regions of the world. This 100% natural buffalo horn has been accurately recreated for you to enjoy. The exterior has been buff polished to a shiny surface. It can hold about 17 ounces of water, wine, ale, beer, or other drink. The horn comes with an adjustable brown leather belt frog. A perfect item for reenactment and theme parties. Please clean the horn before using it. Measures 12′ to 14′ overall.


8. Das Horn Drinking Vessel
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Kick it Greco-Roman style with the Das Horn Drinking Vessel.

Styled after ancient drinking horns made from the horns of sheep, goats, and other bovids (ya know, horn-producing mammals), Das Horn holds 24 ounces (709 mL) of your favorite brew.

Das Horn includes a display stand for exhibiting it during non-party hours as well as a removable neck strap for hands-free use.

Dishwasher safe and made from BPA-free plastic


9. Das Beer Boot
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Das Boot! There’s just something exhilarating about knocking back a few cold ones from this substantial Glass Beer Boot.

Popularized by German soldiers celebrating battle victories, beer boots are the world’s most Johann Badarse way to consume a stiff stout.

Because each Glass Beer Boot is hand-blown, its capacity varies slightly between each one. However, you should be able to cram 40-48 ounces of delicious brew into the Glass Beer Boot.


10. Beer Hammer Bottle Opener
Beer Hammer

There are many things that drive us to consume alcohol, not the least of which is home improvement. When Randall Munroe made that xkcd comic about drilling too many holes in a wall, we all nodded our heads because we’ve been there. (Honestly, they should call it a “stud vicinity finder.” Just sayin’. At least the TV hides the majority of those holes.) Home improvement ruins walls and makes normally mild-mannered geeks raise our voices at our significant others and/or roommates. It’s a messy business.


11. MLB Officially Licensed 16-Ounce Color Changing Pint Glass
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These officially licensed 16 ounce pint glasses have a satin etch pattern that changes to the team color when an ice cold beverage is poured into it! See the before and after image as shown! Amazing!


12. Wood 6 Pack Beer Bottle Carrier
Wooden Beer Crate

Wood Six Pack Beer Bottle Carrier for Homebrew Beer with Bottle Opener – A sturdy utilitarian beer carrier for personal home brews – Designed around a six pack of 12 ounce Shortneck Beer Bottles 12oz bottles – this carrier also holds 12oz longnecks, and most domestics. Handcrafted in the USA. Dimensions are approximate and vary slightly – Outer dimensions are 11 inches tall x 10 1/2 inches long x 6 3/4 inches wide. The Perfect Homebrewer’s Gift, excellent for presenting homemade beer, or for taking some along on your next get together… Rustic, Utilitarian, and Re-Usable… Carriers are stained – the wood on each carrier varies slightly. Carriers are a combination of rough sawn lumber and smooth – pine/fir – solid and sturdy – nailed and glued with exterior grade wood glue – built to last. Beer Bottles Pictured are NOT Included.


13. Zymurgy – 12 Month/6 Issue Subscription
Zymurgy

For 27 years, Zymurgy has been the leading light for amateur brewers in North America and around the world. It features innovative and award-winning recipes, discussions of equipment building, explanations of brewing science and presentations of brewing techniques in addition to a healthy dose of beer culture.

Your subscription comes with a full year membership to the American Homebrewers Association. Included with the membership are discounts to over 300 breweries and pubs nationwide as well as a subscription to the online talk forum, TechTalk.


14. Hops Holster 12 Can Ammo Pack
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When you’re ready to wage war on thirst (and possibly sobriety) the Hops Holster 12 Can Ammo Pack is the only beer holder gear you’ll need. There are 12 insulated holsters and each one holds a single 12-ounce can. Whether it’s tailgating season, hunting season, or just another Saturday, this beer bandolier will help you avoid those long, thirsty walks back to the cooler. Life is just easier when you keep plenty of your favorite canned beverages right on your chest. Warning: Your friends may try to use you as a human pack mule. Features: Each individual can holster is insulated to keep beer cold. Perfect for tailgating, camping, and parties. Specs: Capacity: (12) 12 oz cans. Adjustable waist belt fits waist (or belly) 28″ to 42″.


15. 300 Beers to Try Before You Die!
300 Beers to try before you die

From Belgian fruit beers to hoppy cask ales, small-production microbrews to Czech Republic lagers, this is a personal and comprehensive portfolio of international beers compiled by one of the world’s leading beer writers. In this unique and beautifully illustrated collection, he has distilled decades of beer knowledge into an entertaining and indispensable guide to the ales that no beer lover should miss. The book divides beers by type, including bitters, best bitters, pilsners, brown and mild ales, pale ales, extra strong beers and bitters, old ales and barley wines, golden ales, porters and stouts, alt and amber ales, fruit beers, and beires de garde, each comprising an alphabetical listing of the beers. Many of the entries are fully illustrated, and each beer comes complete with a box panel for adding your own tasting notes. Information on the country of origin, beer strength, brewery, and a detailed description of the beer and its history are also given.


16. 6-Bottle Bike Bag
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Make your bike a BYO beverage-carrier with this cleverly constructed, waterproof set of saddlebags. No matter if you’re just shooting to the shops, or on an unexpected (de)tour de France.

Designed with cyclists in mind (so your gigantic calves won’t suffer) and featuring a secure Velcro attachment system (for all the rad jumps), you’ll be able to stay refreshed on your ride.  Looks like it’s time to saddle up!


17. The Go Plate Reusable Food & Beverage Holder: 21 Plates
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Talk about practical! This plastic party tray fits right over your drink, so you can hold everything in one hand. When you set your beer down for a food run, you can lose track of it. Don’t abandon your bottle, can, or cup when you can simply place one of the Go Plates on top of it!!! Perfect for parties and buffet-style events, the plate stays put while you eat. When you want to take a drink, simply lift the plate off! Designed for warm or cold foods, they’re crafted from sturdy, reusable, recycled clear plastic that can go right into the dishwasher.


18. Shakoolie – The Original Shower Beer Koozie (Black)
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Want a Better Shower Beer? One night, we asked ourselves “what if you could just stick your beer to that shower wall?” It was glorious friends – one of those “aha” moments. We combined a simple foam koozie with industrial grade velcro to create shower beer awesomeness. Not only is your beer now hands free, it also stays ice cold in a steamy shower. Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself – “is it really that good?” Of course! The shower beer is the most relaxing thing on the planet. It’s great before going out. It’s great after work. Plus with Shakoolie, that hands free experience allows you to relax and enjoy your shower. We all love a good beer in the shower, and we’re just two guys who set out to make that experience better. So go ahead and pick up a Shakoolie today!


19. 14th Century Beer Stein
Beer Stein

These steins drink deeply from the traditions of Medieval Europe. Stephanie Theado spent her childhood summers with her grandmother in France, where her family had lived for centuries, and remembers the comfortable forms, the texture, the heft of the everyday stoneware that filled the kitchen–so similar to the ancient shards that could be found in the fields outside.

Now a master potter, Stephanie carries that history with her, crafting each two-pint mug individually on the wheel in her studio. The unique detailing of the glaze is achieved through soda firing–a modern take on an ancient technique, where soda ash is introduced into the hot kiln. The powder vaporizes and is carried by the heat currents, creating a beautiful, organically stippled finish wherever it touches. The contours of the handle are designed for comfort and usability, while the solid ceramic material helps to keep your brew of choice hot or cold. Handmade in Bovina, New York.


20. Libbey Craft Brews Beer Flight 6-Ounce Clear Pilsner Glass Set, 5-Piece

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This Craft Brews beer flight set is excellent for sampling small quantities of a variety of different brews. It’s great for parties or times when you only want a small glass of beer. The complete set contains four 6 ounce pilsner glasses, measuring 5” tall and 2-5/8” in diameter and one wood carrier, measuring 3.6” by 17”. It’s a great bachelor, housewarming, or host gift, as well as an excellent addition for the beer lovers collection. It is part of the Libbey Craft Brews collection. Glasses are dishwasher safe and made in the USA. Wood carrier is made in China and hand-washing is recommended.


21. Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Beer-Can Chicken Rack
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Steven Raichlen wrote the book on beer can chicken – literally. This ingenious device makes the process easier and virtually fail proof. Square construction gives you greater stability. The bird won’t tip and beer won’t spill. All stainless steel, so it will not react with food. Metal holder adapts to both beer cans and the included unique stainless steel canister, which you can fill with wine, fruit juice, or other flavorful liquid. Metal drip pan collects meat juices for sauces and prevents dripping fat from erupting into flare-ups.


22. SET OF 2 – Hopside Down Beer Glass
Hopside Down Beer glass

This Hopside down glass-in-a-glass keeps beer colder longer on the inside with no condensation on the outside. Enjoy your next tall, cold one in this fun, lightweight double-walled glass. It keeps up to 12 ounces of your favorite brew or beverage icy cold longer without breaking a sweat… literally! No more warming your beer with your hands. The Double-wall helps insulate your drink. Set of 2, each measure 7 1/2 inch tall and 3 1/4 inch diameter at the top.


23. Demdaco Big Sky Carvers 70515 Set of 4 Shotgun Shell Coasters
12 gauge coasters

  • Set of 4
  • Coaster holder has foam pads to protect table surfaces.
  • Holder resembles the stock of a gun.
  • Coasters resemble the end of a 12 gauge shotgun shell.

24. Half Liter Pirate Skull Glass
Skull Glass

Presenting a beer glass worthy of Blackbeard the pirate himself. This skull drinking glass serves up your poison of choice in deadly cool style. Guaranteed to have those lily-livered land-lovers shaking in their boots. This drinking glass holds 16oz and measures 4 W x 4 H.


25. Fred & Friends Port A Pint Folding Beer Glass
Port a Pint

Fred & Friends Port A Pint Folding Beer Glass.

 

The Bonus Item: Hop Candy-Cascade Flavored Hard Candy

Hop Candy

Hard candy made with real Cascade hops. This 4 ounce bag contains approximately 21 individually wrapped hard Cascade hop candies. The sweetness of the candy and the bitterness of the Cascade mingle in your mouth, with a taste reminiscent of the sweet/bitter taste of freshly boiled wort. Great for when you want the taste of fresh Cascade, but don’t want to drink.

 

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BeerMumbo’s Greater Cincinnati Brewery Guide

With the growing population of craft breweries in the Greater Cincinnati area, we are seeing more people make the weekend trip to visit our beloved breweries.  We are also experiencing a cultural change of supporting local business and drinking local beer.  Here is a simple guide so you know where to start.  I have personally selected two of my favorite beers from each brewery that you must try.  However,  I really recommend trying them all!  The map below will help you find local beer on tap at your favorite bar, on tap at a nearby restaurant, carry out options, and brewery locations.  Support local beer.  Support craft beer!

Ei8ht Ball Brewing opens 11/23/2013.  I will update this upon their initial opening.

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Blank Slate Brewing Company

4233 Airport Rd. Unit C, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
http://www.blankslatebeer.com/
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Taproom:  Not yet
Grub:  Not Yet
Tours:  By Appointment

The Lesser Path (Crowned King of the Cincinnati IPA 2013)

Official Description:
We’re continuing the “Traveling IPA” series into the spring and summer with this well balanced wheat IPA. A refreshing flavor profile containing two different wheat malts in addition to oats and honey malt meld with copious amounts of Columbus, Cascade and Nugget hops. The warmer weather of spring and summer is definitely a good time to get out and explore the “lesser known paths” in this world.

Shroominous

Official Description:
Beer brewed with mushrooms? Yep. Umami is one of the five basic tastes and roughly translates to “pleasant and savory”. We think this brown ale fits the bill. English character malts combine with earthy American hops in this hybrid Northern English/American Brown Ale. The addition of the shiitake gives it an extra hit of earthiness and a touch of that savory quality. Brewed as a way to bring food and beer together, Shroominous was built for pairing with anything from steak to risotto.

 

Christian Moerlein
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.

1621 Moore St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
http://www.christianmoerlein.com/
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Taproom:
Fri: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Grub:  Not Yet
Tours:  Yes

OTR

Official Description:
A unique presentation of an early settlers’ ale from Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine. In an era of limited refrigeration, the brewer was generous with the hops for stability; a full malt flavor would then balance the flavor. Today, six malts and an infusion of Cascade and Fuggle hops make Moerlein O.T.R. a crisp, quaffable ale

Northern Liberties IPA

Official Description:
You’ve made a discovery–a well-hopped IPA inspired by the revolutionaries of Cincinnati’s Northern Liberties. North of Liberty St. and beyond the reach of municipal law, the area was known for tolerance of beliefs and behaviors, which were shunned in Cincinnati proper prior to 1849. Moerlein Northern Liberties draws inspiration from these free-spirits with this hoppy, well-balanced, copper IPA in pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Hoppiness.


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ellar Dweller Brewery

2276 E. U.S. 22 & 3, Morrow, Ohio 45152
http://www.valleyvineyards.com
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Taproom:
Mon: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Tues: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wed: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Thu: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sat: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Grub:  Yes
Tours:  Yes

Hoppy Poppy

Official Description:
This IPA is sure to please with its rich bourbon color, grapefruit aroma, fruity hop character, and dry clean finish.

Lookout Stout

Official Description:
Delicious notes of chocolate and roasted coffee come through on this dry stout. Hints of chicory and caramel round out the full lingering finish.

 

Double Barrel Brewery
Double Barrel Brewery

4720 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
http://thedoublebarrelbrewery.com
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Taproom:
Thurs: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Sat: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Grub:  Not Yet
Tours:  Yes

Bad Tom Ale

Official Description:
You know how you say something is “bad” but mean “good”? Well Bad Tom is not that kind of bad. He’s a bit nutty, even. The ale that bears his name is also nutty. We’ve taken a brown ale and given it a bad streak by using a murderer’s row of hops (Nugget & Cascade). You’ll like Bad Tom from the first taste.

Old Abe

Official Description:
Although it registers at 95.6 IBU, Master Brewer CharlesBoucher uses oven dried pale malts to produce a sweet balance of malt with a faint buttery taste. The four grain, three hop recipe creates an unusually creamy but full-bodied beer with a dark amber color and a medium lace. It has a lactic berry malt aroma and the finish is quite “hoppy” but very crisp.  Dry hopped with Galaxy and Cascade.  Read the official description and legend here

 

Fifty West Brewing Company
Fifty West Brewing Company

7668 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
http://www.fiftywestbrew.com
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Taproom:
Tues: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Wed: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Thu: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Fri: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Sat: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Sun: 11:00am – 12:00am

Grub:  Yes
Tours:  Yes

Thirty-37 Session Pale Ale

Official Description:
This easy drinking Session Pale Ale has a herbaceous bittering with a fruity nose.  Light, Bright, Hoppy, and Easy Drinking.

Loneliest Road Stout

Official Description:
This traditional American Stout has been brewed with a special type of roasted barley and fermented on a clean American yeast to show off the roasty flavors and earthy hops.

 

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Listermann Brewing Company

1621 Dana Ave Cincinnati, OH 45207
http://listermannbrewing.com/
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Taproom:
Mon: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tues: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wed: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thu: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Fri: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Grub:  Food Trucks on occasion
Tours:  Yes

Friar Bacon

Mumbo Description:
This is the closest beer you will ever consume that literally tastes like bacon cooked over an open camp fire.  Friar Bacon is one of the original Listermann beers.  Buy a growler and go camping!

Nutcase – Peanut Butter Porter

Mumbo Description:
Take a smooth porter that you could drink all night and throw in some peanut butter…do I need to say more?  This is one of Listermann’s most popular beers and there is good reason for that.

 

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MadTree Brewing Company

5164 Kennedy Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45213
http://www.madtreebrewing.com/
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Taproom:
Wed: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sat: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Tours:  Yes

Psychopathy

Official Description:
The subtle malt backbone combats the bitterness and intensity of floral, grassy, and citrus hop flavors. However, taste is perception. What’s your slant?

Axis Mundi

Official Description:
The Siberians believed there was a “World Tree” that served as the Axis Mundi, connecting the different worlds through its roots and branches. While this Russian Imperial Stout isn’t necessarily the world’s cosmic axis, it does connect rich flavors in a way to deliver you a cosmic beer.

 

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Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

4364 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45244
http://mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com
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Taproom:
Mon: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tues: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grub:  Food Trucks on occasion
Tours:  Yes

Nut Brown Ale

Official Description:
Mahogany in color, this popular beer enters with hints of maple followed by a roasted hazelnut body and balances with a clean malty finish.

Summer Wheat Ale

Official Description:
Bright, citrusy and hoppy, this summertime ale salutes the flavor of the American hop and gives way to a smooth refreshing finish.

 

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Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
http://rhinegeist.com/
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Taproom:
Mon-Thu: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Sat: 12:00pm – 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Grub:  Food Trucks on occasion
Tours:  Yes

Truth

Official Description:
Intensely hopped dry IPA with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. We hop this at a rate of 3 lbs./bbl to rev up peach, mango, and passion fruit notes

Uncle

Official Description:
Seriously sessionable British mild with complex malt character.

 

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Rivertown Brewing Company

607 Shepherd Drive Unit 6 Lockland, OH 45215
http://www.rivertownbrewery.com
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Taproom:
Wed: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Thu: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Grub:  Food Trucks on occasion
Tours:  Yes

Lil Sipa

Mumbo Description:
This is an amazing session IPA with a light body and killer hop aroma.  It is crisp, floral, citrus, and very drinkable.  This is a must try beer.

Roebling Imperial Robust Porter

Official Description:
Like a big, chocolate, espresso infused brownie, Roebling Porter packs a lot a flavor from the use of vanilla, and delicious coffee from a small Midwest roasting company (within a day’s drive from the brewery!).

 

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Triple Digit Brewing

1621 Dana Ave Cincinnati, OH 45207
http://www.tripledigitbrewing.com
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Taproom:
Mon: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tues: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wed: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thu: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Fri: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Grub:  Food Trucks on occasion
Tours:  Yes

Chickow!

Official Description:
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Aftermath

Official Description:
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Shutdown Cocoa Brown Brewed at Cellar Dweller

Today I had a great time brewing my Shutdown Cocoa Brown Ale with Cellar Dweller.  Overall, the brew day was a success.  We all learned a few lessons about cocoa nibs and managed to overcome some hurdles from mash tun to fermenter.  The Brew Professor even made his way out from the western hemisphere of Cincinnati and helped us with the brew day.

Here are some brew day pictures.  Shutdown Cocoa Brown will be available in the Cellar Dweller taproom sometime in November 2013.  Next month, they will have another guest brewer.  However, if they cannot find someone…count me in again!  These guys are great company and know how to have a fun time.

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The beer grain smelled so good

 

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The beer grain goes into the mash tun to extract all of those precious fermentables.

 

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Steve and Mike are adding grain to the mash tun while I stir. This is a good way to be sore in the morning.

 

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Mashing is a step in the brewing process that combines crushed Malts with hot water in a mash tun to convert complex starches into simple sugars that are more readily fermented. -BrewWiki

 

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Vorlaufing is the recirculation of first runnings to ensure a clearer beer goes into the boil.

 

Sparging, also called lautering is a step at the end of the mashing process where hot water is run through the grain bed to extract a sweet liquid called wort. The wort is later boiled and fermented to produce beer. -BrewWiki
Sparging, also called lautering is a step at the end of the mashing process where hot water is run through the grain bed to extract a sweet liquid called wort. The wort is later boiled and fermented to produce beer. -BrewWiki

 

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Shoveling the spent grain really does suck.  Its like shoveling snow except with a purpose!

 

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Cellar Dweller sends the spent grain to a farmer who then feeds livestock with it! Just think, the bacon you eat could be from a spent grain fed pig. Lesson learned? Drink more beer. The circle of life.

 

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Shutdown was hopped at 60 and 10 minutes to provide a minimal bitterness yet nice aroma.

 

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We added brown sugar at 5 minutes to enhance the flavor and beef up the fermentables.

 

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We added 10lbs of cocoa nibs at flame out and then whirpooled them for 15-20 minutes. Generally people add these to a secondary fermenter. We decided differently and learned that cocoa nibs like to clog stuff up.

 

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Cocoa nibs are basically raw chocolate. They have an amazing aroma yet a very bitter taste straight from the bag.

 

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After the boil, the wort (unfermented beer) needs to be cooled down from over 200 degrees to an ideal temperature for pitching yeast (sub 80 degrees). The hot wort runs through plates with passing water to bring down the temperature quickly.

 

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Shutdown entering the fermenters.  We can call that the home stretch.

 

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Yeast has been pitched and Shutdown Cocoa Brown is ready to start turning into beer. Let’s hope for a healthy fermentation!

 

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Hoppy Poppy is Cellar Dweller’s best beer if you ask me. Hopped with plenty of aroma and goodies! I had the pleasure of enjoying a few during the brew. Or, maybe more. Actually, it was more. Way more.

Shutdown – Cocoa Brown Ale is coming to the Cellar Dweller taproom very soon.  Follow Cellar Dweller, Brew Professor, and BeerMumbo/Mumbo Brewing on Facebook for release date announcement!

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Grayscale – Cincinnati’s Next Beer Experience

I had the awesome opportunity of spending my lunch break inside of a forgotten (soon to be revitalized) Cincinnati landmark.  If you have not heard about Grayscale Cincinnati and the amazing endevour that Scott Hand and Dominic Marino have taken on, you are seriously missing out on some amazing news and inspiration.

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Dominic Marino and Scott Hand

Since I am a history nerd,  I think it would only be prudent to start off with some historical information and pictures to get you in the mood.  So what is the brewery history of this building?  I found this information about the brewing history:

  • Sehmeltzer circa 1829-18??
  • Andrew Jackson Brewery (owned by Meinrad & Fridolin Kleiner) 1832-1855
  • Kleiner Brothers (M. & F.). The Jackson Brewery (282 Hamilton Road) 1855-1873
  • George Weber, Jackson Brewery 1873-1877
  • George Weber, Jackson Brewery
  • Addressed to 284 McMicken Avenue (Hamilton renamed) & Elm St 1877-1884
  • George Weber Brewing Co. 1884-1887
  • Jackson Brewing Co. 1887-1919
  • Brewery operations shut down by National Prohibition in 1919-1933
  • Squibb-Pattison Breweries, Inc. 1933-1934
  • Aka: Old Jackson Brewery 1933-1934
  • Jackson Brewing Corp. 1934-1942
  • Closed in 1942 and has been various businesses since.  Last used in the 1980’s

Grayscale will house a brewery bringing back what this amazing building was originally built to do. Brew beer! Apparently, it will primarily be gravity fed and your beer will literally come fresh from the bright (brite) tanks. Who will the brewmaster be? I’ll just say Cincinnati will not be disappointed.

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The building many know as Metal Blast used to be home of the Jackson Brewery and is now home to Grayscale
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A lot of brick restoration underway!

 

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View from the taproom outside to where a possible deck will be built

 

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Looking in from the taproom to the fermentation room. Amazing character. The fermentation room will be gravity fed from upstairs.

 

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Fermentation room. The picture below from 1885 was taken in this room.

 

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Third floor hole in the ceiling to the roof

 

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This room will eventually be available for private parties. The view looks straight down Elm into Downtown. It is beautiful!

 

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Scary! that is all…

 

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Entrance to the lagering tunnels. There are two levels of tunnels underneath this building!

 

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Stairs to the lower lagering tunnels

 

 

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This is the old dumbwaiter

 

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These are old barrel guides. They would roll the barrels of beer down these to be loaded into a cart. The barrels of beer would either be brought to the bottling plant or distributed to local taverns all the way down to the river and outskirts. To the left is an old archway that opened up to the Mcmicken streen level. Its very amazing. There are even sealed off rooms that have not been opened or accessed since the 1800’s.

 
Vintage Jackson…

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BeerMumbo’s 30/30/30/30 Challenge

So I recently read about the Brew Professor’s 30 Days of dryness to lose weight and something something something about marathons.  Well, I will not be accepting that challenge. Mostly because I have realized that if I give up my passion for beer, I will probably eat worse and end up being fatter than I already am.

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My solution?  Drink 30 new beers, brew 30 gallons of beer, and lose 30 pounds in 30 days

Starting October 1st I will commit to trying 30 new beers, losing 30 pounds (yes I said 30), and brewing 30 gallons of beer over the first 30 days of October.  On October 31st I will celebrate by doing 30 pushups and 30 sit ups and enjoying a 300 calorie double IPA and a 3000 calorie meal.

How about that challenge to bring my man card status above and beyond Mike (The Nutrition Professor),Tom (The Queen of Queen City Drinks), BeerQuestnoABV, and Osbornagainbrewing.

But wait!  That’s not all…

I will allow my readers to choose what I brew and one lucky person (drawn at random) who comments on this post will receive 2 bombers of each beer I decide to brew.  So what should a brew?  I’ll take requests up to 15 gallons.

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On October 1st, I will post my starting weight with a photo and the first beer I’ll try.  I will also be happy to take homebrew donations if you would like your homebrew featured and included as one of the 30 beers that I try. 

Cheers to beer!  Cheers to health!  Cheers to Brew Professor and his endeavour.  I think it is a good idea.

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Andre The Giant – The Baddest Ass Drunk Of…

As beer drinkers, we have all had our moments of “one too many“.  We tend to remember and talk about those mishaps.  You know, like the time you drank a 12-pack and fell asleep in your neighbors front yard.  Or the time when you saw a guy drink a case of beer by himself (I may or may not have done this myself).  Those are great and all but do not even compare to Andre the Giant’s legendary feats of drunken awesomeness!  I have taken the time to research every story I could possibly find to seal the title of “Baddest Ass Drunk Of All Time” for the Giant.

If you are unfamiliar with how popular Andre Rene Rousimoff was, I will just say that he was a global household name during his entire career.  Being a global name before the internet and cable television is a badass feat by itself.  He could not keep up with the demand for appearances.  Along with being so popular came big bucks.  I am talking $15-$25k for an appearance.  That was big money back then.  He knew how to party and was not afraid to spend his money on booze.  Andre was also known for running some very large bar tabs for his friends and himself.  Everyone loves a guy who pays the bill.  I am such a giant fan, I drink all my beer from my Giant Fist Shaped Drink Kooler.

Anyways,  here are some pretty awesome beer accomplishments by The Giant:

  • Andre the Giant drank and estimated 7,000 calories of beer everyday. Considering his beer of choice was usually Molsen Canadian I did the math:7,000 calories per day ÷ 150 calories per can = 46.6 beers per day. How true this is…I have no idea. Regardless, that is a lot of beer!

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  • According to some wrestlers, he would drink a case of beer before each match as a warm up.  Who needs a sports drink when you can have a beer or 24.

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  • When Hulk Hogan toured Japan with Andre, the giant would drink tall boys like water on the bus.  He would crush the can in his hand (yes one hand), and throw it at Hogan.  Whenever the bus stopped,  Hogan had to buy Andre as many cases of beer as he could carry back onto the bus.  Yes, Hogan was his beer wench.

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  • In 1977, he drank an estimated 75 beers at a bar with “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and refused to take a taxi back to his hotel. He hated sitting in them because of his size. The decision was made to find another way back. He located a horse carriage, lifted the man off of it, and well…stole it.  The Giant and Rhodes took a drunken ride through Manhattan as onlookers watched in shock. Not a single person was willing to challenge the two and when the cops found them, they were drinking brandy at the hotel bar as if nothing happened.

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  • He once drank 119 bottles of beer in six hours…and actually passed out in a hotel hallway. He was so large nobody could budge him. Therefore, his friends hid him with a piano cover. Not a single person touched him while he slept that night. Who would be that stupid?

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  • He once had a $40,000 hotel bar bill while filming The Princess Bride.

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  • He once at 12 steaks, 15 lobsters, and emptied a restaurant’s entire bar. He was known to make restaurant stay open for hours after they closed so he could satisfy his appetite for food and booze. According to his friends, Andre would usually do this to impress people and the staff had no problem watching his impressive eating.

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  • He hated to fly and would often wipe the entire plane’s bar stash out before take off.

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  • According Mike Graham, he witnessed The Giant drink 156 beers in a row. This was backed up by Dusty Rhodes and Michael Hayes.

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  • According to journalist Bill Apter, he sat and watched Andre and Harley Race pound beers over the period of a day while they were in New Orleans. The Giant drank 125 beers or more during their day together.
  • What is the most impressive story in my opinion? Apparently, one evening Andre was eating at a restaurant and hadn’t had a drink in a while. He was very cranky that evening and four guys made the mistake of taunting him. After ignoring their antics for a short period of time, Andre had his fill. He followed them out to their car and flipped the entire car over in a rage. Hogan was right, a drunk Giant was a happier giant.

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My Sixpoint Beer Score

A few weeks ago I stopped in my neighborhood gas station to pick up a six pack of beer.  Sadly, the closest thing to craft beer was Third Shift.  I will not bash the beer but it is not what I consider craft by any means.  I made a comment to the owner that he should order some craft beer for guys like me. A few days later I walked into the cooler to see this beautiful display of Sixpoint beers in a round cooler. I bought three cans.

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The next day I stopped in again to buy some more Sixpoint singles and he made a comment that people were buying them thinking they were energy drinks.  He said the local residents only drink cheap light beers or malt liquor.

I offered to stop in and buy them a few times a week so he would not take a total loss.  He wanted to know if I was willing to buy all of them.  Well hell yeh for the right price!

Jokingly, I offered him $30 for all of the beers in the cooler.  He came back with $60 for everything in the cooler plus some 4-packs.  My final offer was $46 for the beers in the cooler,  the 4-packs, a bag of BBQ Grippos and the actual cooler they were sitting in. Supposedly, he got a deal on them in the first place and was happy with my offer. Deal was done! We were both happy!

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I packed my truck up with every single can he had and happily drove away knowing I just scored some awesome craft beer for pennies to the dollar.  No matter what,  I was going to find a way to fit these in my refrigerator even if my wife made me sleep on the couch for a week.  It was well worth it!

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Brew Fridge

After moving most of my wife’s food and drinks into the bottom and getting yelled at for 10 minutes,  I had a fridge full of awesomeness.  Close to $300 worth of beer love for $46.  After my wife saw the beautiful arrangement in our fridge, she immediately forgave me.

21 Crisp
19 Apollo
18 Resin
43 Bengali Tiger
1 Bag of BBQ Grippos
1 Sweet Cooler

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How To Plant Your Own Hops With Ease

So you have decided that it would be exciting to grow your own hops at home.  Growing hops can be a very fun and rewarding project as long as you have the time, space, and desire to lay out the effort required.  You cannot grow hops at home to replace those you are currently buying from your home brew store.  Why?  The alpha acid levels of those you grow at home will basically be unknown.  Hops grown as an amateur at home can be utilized for aroma and late hopping.  Fresh Hops!  It really does not get better in my opinion.

Before you begin the hop mission you need to consider a few things…

1.  Do I have room to grow hops?  They are not like growing a tomato plant.  Hops require room to grow.
2.  What kind of beers do I like to brew the most?  This is the driving factor as to what you should attempt to grow.
3.  How many hop varieties can I handle?  No reason to go overboard.

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1.  Make sure you pick a nice looking brood of rhizomes.  Look for a mid to high level of buds sprouting.  You do not want something with no bud sprouts.

 

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2.  Dig a hole about 8 inches deep and fill with nice soil.  I mixed in some spent grain with each hole just for good hop luck.  Put enough soil in the hole to create a nice mound about 6 inches above ground level.

 

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3.  Use your hand and make a divot in the mound about 4 inches deep.

 

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4. Make sure you face the buds up or the side of the rhizome with the most buds.

 

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5.  Lightly stomp the mound to compact the soil.  There is no need to level the mound with your Hulk strength.

 

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6.  Drive a growing pole into the ground.  I used a 10 foot pole to make sure I allowed enough vertical growth.

 

Now wait until you see about 1-2 feet of vine coming out and help start it on the growing pole.  Eventually,  you will want to create horizontal growing lines.  These are just pictures of what I did.  You can find an awesome instructional PDF here,  which I really recommend reading.

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Beer History – Yeatmans Tavern

The original landing spot for travelers in Cincinnati was Yeatmans Cove.  The keelboats would land and the first Cincinnati legend (Mike Fink) and his crew would pull your keelboat to shore.  It was said 20-30 men would be needed to pull the keelboats.  However,  Mike Fink could do this alone (probably totally untrue).  The villagers described him as half man, half horse, half alligator who could out drink,  out fight, and out dance any man who stepped in his way.  The villagers must have drank a lot. Read more “Beer History – Yeatmans Tavern”

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Oskar Blues is now available in Cincinnati

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Cincinnati has been evolving into the craft beer capital of the world…AGAIN.  More local breweries are popping up and the exit of bad beer is upon us.  Oskar Blues has decided to finally take a plunge into the Cincinnati market.  While we should always support our local breweries,  you must try some of the awesome concoctions canned by Oskar Blues.  There is a reason this brewery has grown 5x in the last 5 years.  They make some damn good canned craft beer.

At select Kroger locations, Remke/Biggs, The Party Source, Jungle Jims, and bars you can grab a can.  Their beer selections in Cincinnati will comprise of:  Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Ten Fidy, G’Knight, and Deviant Dale’s IPA.  All great beers!

How are they rated?

 

Ten FIDY

Beer Advocate:  95
Rate Beer:  100

 

G’Knight Imperial Red Ale

Beer Advocate:  92
Rate Beer:  99

 

 

Deviant Dale’s IPA
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Beer Advocate:  90
Rate Beer:  99

 

 

Dale’s Pale Ale
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Beer Advocate:  89
Rate Beer:  98

 

 

Old Chub Scotch Ale
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Beer Advocate:  90
Rate Beer: 97

 

 

Mama’s Little Yella Pils
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Beer Advocate:  84
Rate Beer: 56

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Beer Advice – Chihuahuas Can Serve a Purpose

Beer Advice - Chihuahuas Can Serve a Purpose

I often debate with my wife that our dog Diego does not serve a functional purpose. Similar to a pet cat. However, I have discovered that due to the round cranium that he was gifted with, the bottom of a bottle of beer (both 12oz and 22oz) fit like a glove to his apple shaped head. We are working his was up to a 750ml. No need to hold that beer when you can simply rest it on the head of your small dog. I guess he does serve a purpose in this house.

This has not been tested with all small dogs but according to my calculations, it should work well on some other small breeds.